Reed Smith Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Reed Smith Global Managing Partner Alexander Y. Thomas
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Pros
  • Depending on your department, there isn't a lot of overtime (which can be good or bad) so there is an appropriate work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Large firm lots and of resources for you to do your job (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, no recognition, lousy pay (in 5 reviews)

  • work-life balance challenging due to limited resource (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Collegial

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    Current Employee - Counsel
    Current Employee - Counsel

    I have been working at Reed Smith

    Pros

    Smart, collegial people. No "yellers" that I am aware of. So far, it seems to be a good place for women to work and advance in their career.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of selfishness and attempts to grab at credit among the partnership. But that is the same at all law firms I think.


  2. Contract Attorney

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Reed Smith

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Don't really have anything to say as a con


  3. Poor tech environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Help Desk in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - IT Help Desk in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Your direct coworkers will be very welcoming and there's nothing difficult to the job if you know MS Office. Great stepping stone towards a real IT job.

    Cons

    You are the catch all for any questions any employee has and the laughing stock of the entire IT department. They promise growth from within but then regularly tell people they don't have enough experience and hire externally anyways.

    Advice to Management

    Take time management courses and learn to pay attention to the declining emotional state of your employees. You're why the other IT departments have zero respect for your staff.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    E-Discovery Attorney: Reed Smith GCC RED Team Records and Electronic Discovery.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - E-discovery Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - E-discovery Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reed Smith is a nice place to work. The office is new and the workstations provide plenty of space with great views of Pittsburgh. I find most of my colleagues to be intelligent and courteous. There is a "sorority", a "fraternity", and a "big man on campus". They can be cold to outsiders and often new employees feel like they are being shut out. However, if you don't "join-up" your trip will be short. When the caseload is high so are spirits and morale but when the workflow is low things quickly unravel into a game of "survivor"- lies & rumors abound, backstabbing galore, and those who do not find themselves in the right clique at the right time will be out the door without so much as a courtesy email or a phone call. Don't be surprised if you leave this job with a sense of betrayal. Otherwise, the day to day work experience is rather pleasant and though the pay is not high it is easy money.

    Cons

    E-Discovery is just a fancy word for Document Review. It is arguably the lowest rung on the legal ladder. There is little to no room for advancement. Other "real" attorneys will not respect what you do and the experience counts for nothing in building your resume. Many a professional e-discovery attorney has given the advice to recent law graduates to "not get sucked in" because once you do you cannot get out or do anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone wants to be in charge, but no one wants to be there when it comes time to do the dirt. Staffing up and laying off employees is a natural part of the legal business cycle. Your current and former employees would respect you more if you were just honest and direct with them. Having management tell a room full of employees one thing only to overhear management say the complete opposite thing to their boss minutes later is the norm and in my opinion unnecessary.


  6. Great firm

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    From partners to associates to staff, you get to work with some great people who are smart and fun.

    Cons

    It's a gigantic firm so there's always firm bureaucracy, some unreasonable people, and high expectations in terms of the work output


  7. Great Firm for Staff!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, culture, and benefits

    Cons

    Could use more flexible work schedules where positions and work load allow for it


  8. Helpful (5)

    Good benefits, extremely low pay

    Former Employee - Global Business Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Global Business Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Reed Smith

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits to start (4 weeks PTO and 7.5% employer contribution to 401(k))

    Cons

    Embarrassingly low pay for a global firm- 28k for a position that asks for bilingual college graduates?

    Advice to Management

    Know what your employees are worth-- even the staff.


  9. Still big law

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Focused on diversity and women's inclusion; cutting edge industry groups; team culture and structure to enable cross selling

    Cons

    Focused on external expansion more than internal growth and success; lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    Invest internally


  10. Great Place to Learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and interesting work. Grumpy partners make it a bit difficult however their bark is worse than their bite. Benefits were great and an easy commute. Staffers mainly helpfu and willing to help.

    Cons

    no team building and territorial.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to lead a team.


  11. Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Litigation Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Litigation Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Reed Smith (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The firm offers great flexibility and work life balance for a large global firm, including generous maternity leave policy and alternative work schedule for working moms.

    Cons

    Road to partnership is long. Hard to get work as associates move up in seniority, especially in satellite offices.



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